A Call to Action: Success Stories

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Every partner, program, and park plays a dynamic role in realizing that vision. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!

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  • Interpretation and Education (Associate Director)

    National Park Service Creates Junior Ranger Album to Engage Children and Families

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    The National Park Service, National Park Foundation, and Eastern National set the arts afire with a new children’s album dedicated to the parks. Read more

  • Homestead National Monument of America

    Nature Detectives at Homestead

    Kids in Parks Program

    In 2012, hundreds of youth and their families have participated in Homestead National Monument of America’s Kids in Parks - Nature Detective Series. These program series are intended to connect youth to their natural surroundings, in particular the tallgrass prairie and riparian woodland by fun, hands-on programs. Read more

  • Homestead National Monument of America

    Connecting Cultures on the Prairie

    Tall grass prairie trail

    In May 2012, Homestead National Monument of America connected with youth of the Asian Center in Lincoln, NE. The monument brought 168 members of the Center to view the Homestead Act of 1862 and learn about the National Park Service, the monument and its resources. Read more

  • Homestead National Monument of America

    Shedding New Light on the Homestead Story

    Heritage Center

    Park Guide Stephanie Wagle, who is legally blind, has developed a vested interest in bringing the story of homesteading to blind people like herself. Read more

  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

    Maggie L. Walker Leadership Institute engages youth in civic awareness

    MLW Leadership Institute students at Va Capitol

    In July 2012, 14 Richmond-area high school students participated in the Maggie L. Walker Youth Summer Leadership Institute. Through discussions, lectures, and field trips, the students examined traits of effective leadership. They discussed how to become leaders in their own community, and in the process earned community service hours as NPS volunteers. Read more

  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

    Fourth-graders learn – and perform – the story of Maggie L. Walker

    Minds in Motion – MAWA

    The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site partnered with the Richmond Ballet to use performing arts to tell Mrs. Walker’s inspiring story. Read more

  • Richmond National Battlefield Park

    Richmond NBP helps 200-year-old African American community tell its Civil War story

    Gravel Hill Program

    During its 150th commemoration of the June 1862 Battle of Glendale, Richmond National Battlefield Park partnered with the Gravel Hill community – where free African American families once farmed land that became a battleground – to offer a program about the history of Gravel Hill. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Student Workers Playing an Important Role

    Nicholas Antee and Adrian Below

    Facility Management division hires local students in key positions. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Muhlenberg Days

    Volunteers and Friends of Valley Forge Park members demonstrate 18th century bread baking and cooking

    Living history volunteers from The Friends of Valley Forge hosted Muhlenberg Days over the summer in order to provide demonstrations of camp life and provide demonstrations of bread baking and cooking. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Historic Weapons Program

    Ranger performs nusket demonstration

    Trained and certified I&E staff provided musket and artillery demonstrations and re-enactments of the continental soldiers' drills throughout the summer as living history demonstrations. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Discovery Camp with the Franklin Institute

    Campers receive their Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate from Park Rangers

    A new partnership was launched with the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia and the VAFO Natural Resources and Interpretation divisions to host a Discovery Camp for children the week of August 6 through 10. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Lights, Camera, Action!

    Cadette Girl Scout wearing a replica Mexican Infantry uniform.

    Cadette Girl Scouts transform Palo Alto into film studio over the summer. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Palo Alto Shows It CAREs

    Students performing a play about Palo Alto.

    Park partnership with the Brownsville ISD promotes connections between students and their community. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali Music Festival 2012

    The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival String Orchestra performs.

    Denali celebrates the first ever Denali Music Festival in partnership with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the Denali Arts and Humanities Alliance. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Sonic Portraits: Winter Soundscapes of Denali

    Listening to the

    Composer Erik DeLuca works with students from the Denali- Nenana Borough School District to interpret the winter soundscape of Denali. Read more

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

    Local university students create digital connections to park

    Local university students create digital connections to park

    In February 2012, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site launched two multi-media presentations that were developed and created by students from Howard University. Read more

  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

    Connecting Youth to the Outdoors through Stewardship

    Students from local schools learn what it takes to run a native plant nursery in the Santa Monica Mountains.

    If you happen to stumble across 60 5th graders in the Santa Monica Mountains wearing “I’m a SHRUB” t-shirts, then you’ve just met some of our youngest park volunteers from EARTHS Magnet School. This energetic group is participating in a cross-curricular, service-learning program that engages students in restoring native habitats at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SAMO). Read more

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    4th Graders are Cave Explorers at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    4th Graders are Cave Explorers at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    Carlsbad Caverns NP provides transportation to 4th graders in the area to come and explore the natural wonders of the caverns. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Youth Conservation Corps

    YCC Students

    Young students learning about natural and cultural resources Read more

  • Alaska Region

    Aqua Kids Experience America's Great Outdoors

    Aqua Kids learn about constrution of traditional native kayaks from Ageya Director

    The Aqua Kids, a national TV program focused on conserving aquatic resources that reaches 95 million households, visited one of Secretary Salazar's America's Great Outdoors Projects. In Alaska, the NPS-Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program introduced the Aqua Kids to the Kachemak Bay Water Trail that inspires exploration, understanding, and stewardship of the natural treasure that is Kachemak Bay. Upcoming TV shows will share ways to conserve aquatic resources. Read more